Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Celebrate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. Attend this noon concert to hear from the University Chorale, the Jazz Ensemble, and other artists within the campus community.
Vice Chancellor and Provost
UW-Parkside Jazz Combo Performances
Director of Jazz Studies
The UW-Parkside Jazz Combo performs regularly in both on-campus and community performances. The band’s core repertoire consists of original student compositions.
Both music majors and non-majors are encouraged to participate. Auditions are held on the first day of classes. Additional jazz offerings include Jazz History, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Arranging, and courses leading to a Jazz Studies concentration within the music major.
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The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at UW-Parkside
The annual tribute honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began in 1999 at UW-Parkside. In efforts to foster connections between the university and the youth in the surrounding communities, students from Racine and Kenosha County Schools were invited to participate in an Art and Essay Contest about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at UW-Parkside. The initiative not only engaged the youth, but also helped educate them on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, nominations were accepted for community service awards, where eligible recipients were Parkside students and members of the surrounding communities.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event was hosted at UW-Parkside, and was originally an evening event. The opening of the celebration began with a video tribute including excerpts from the documentary, Eyes on the Prize, with a voice over from Dr. James Kinchen, UW-Parkside Music Professor. Followed by art and essay winners from the community sharing their knowledge of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students who entered the art project category, which was for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade, completed art projects with the theme “Who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?” The winning art projects were displayed for the audience while the students were presented with a medallion and a savings bond.
The essay contest was open to elementary school, middle school, high school and UW-Parkside students. Submitted essays focused on various themes pertaining to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The award winners in each grade level (elementary, middle, and high school) read their essays and were presented with a medallion and a savings bond. UW-Parkside student winners received a plaque and monetary award.
The recipients of the UW-Parkside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards were selected for their volunteering efforts and their implementation of Dr. King’s dream in their local community. Award recipients received a plaque and their names were also placed on a Commemorative UW-Parkside Community Service Award plaque.
During the evening celebration, both UW-Parkside students and local community members provided entertainment. A photo timeline exhibit of Dr. King’s life and art project entries were displayed for guests to view after the event.
In 2014, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration changed formats. OMSA began its collaboration with the Music Department, specifically working Dr. James Kinchen and Russ Johnson, in hosting a concert rounding out Black History Month. Becoming part of The Noon Concert Series, it consists of performances from University Chorale, Voices of Parkside, the UW-Parkside Jazz Combo, and either original poetry readings or praise dance performances. The celebration concluded with a reception and video presentation. In 2020, the Center for Liberal Studies joined as a co-sponsor of the celebration.
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award
Award Winners 2000-2012
From 2000-2012, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) awarded UW-Parkside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards as part of the tribute to Dr. King’s leadership and legacy.
Nominations were submitted to select the winner(s) in the following categories:
- UW Parkside Community Service Student Awards: Winners were selected for their volunteering efforts and how they implemented Dr. King’s dream in their local community.
- Racine/Kenosha Community Service Awards: Winners were selected from local surrounding communities who demonstrated the vision and mission of Dr. King through their community endeavors.
Community Service Award recipients received a plaque and their names were also placed on a Commemorative UW-Parkside Community Service Award plaque recently displayed in Wyllie Hall (pictured on left).
The Roots of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Narrated by Dr. James Benjamin Kinchen, Jr.
In this video, Dr. Kinchen, Professor of Music, discusses and reflects on major historic events during the 1950’s and 1960’s that helped shape American History and the Civil Rights Movement. This video features excerpts from the documentary Eyes on the Prize.
Your Essential Reading List
Must Read MLK Books and Resources
Liberal Studies is committed to academic and personal growth by learning from the voices of others. As we empower students to find their unique pathways, we want them to recognize and reflect on the many milestones and lessons evident in our diverse culture.
YOUR ESSENTIAL READING LIST
- Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Citizen - Claudia Rankine
- Hunger - Roxane Gay
- This Will Be My Undoing - Morgan Jerkins
- Diamond Grill - Fred Wah
- Heart Berries - Terese Marie Mailhot
- If They Come For Us - Fatima Asghar
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we hope you read at least one of these selections.
Learn more about Liberal Studies at uwp.edu/programs